Review: Urban Villagers: Group and Class in the Life of Italian-Americans. User Review - Chris - Goodreads. Dusted this off for a class I'm teaching and am. The urban villagers. By Herbert J. Gans. The Free Press of Glencoe, Inc., The Macmillan Company, 60 Fifth Avenue, New York, pp. $ The Urban Villagers, in subject matter and method, invites comparison with William F. Whyte's Street Corner Society, an earlier work on the second-generation.
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Leonard Nimoy "Spock" had also grown up in that neighborhood. The writer of Urban Villagers, Gans, was suddenly a full professor at Harvard, when that apparently the urban villagers meant something.
He arrived in Cambridge as a kind of economic immigrant himself. Social personality ; Sociocultural trends ; Housing ; Urban and rural life ; Classes ; Social relationships and groups ; Family relationships ; Health and welfare ; Ethnosociology ; Education system ; Abstract: This is a first-hand account of Italian Americans in an inner city neighborhood in Boston's west end.
His work on the media, like his community studies, has a populist theme, aiming to look at American society from the perspective of the urban villagers country's working and lower middle class majority. Public policy[ edit ] Like some other sociologists who began their careers in the mid-twentieth century, Gans has been active both as a scholar and the urban villagers, advising urban planning, antipoverty and other public policy agencies.
the urban villagers In his writings on poverty, Gans offered rigorous, often scathing criticism of the weaknesses of such concepts as "the culture of poverty," and the "underclass," most notably in The War Against the Poor However, "The Positive Functions of Poverty"his most widely reprinted article,  catalogued the benefits the more affluent classes derived from the existence of poverty and the poor.
Gans also continued to write critically about what he called the fallacy the urban villagers " architectural determinism ," namely the belief that urban planning and architecture could solve the problems of poverty and low civic engagement.
His two collections of planning and social policy essays, People and Plans and People, Plans and Policies offered his most sustained criticism of spatial planning as a vehicle for significant social reform.
In his address as the president the urban villagers the American Sociological Association, Gans urged the discipline to become more useful to and relevant for the general public.